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2014 Fairmount Society Dinner

2014 Fairmount SocietyThe Fairmount Society is the university's most distinguished support group. Members are invited to the Fairmount Society Dinner, the WSU Foundation's most exclusive event. They are also included in the President’s Club. Associate status is given to corporations, businesses and foundations.

New members for 2014 were honored at a dinner Thursday, May 8, 2014, at the Wichita Marriott. 

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John and Barbara McCuneFairmount Founders' Award

John and Barbara McCune

Awarded for outstanding service and exceptional contributions, which consistently manifest the values and ideals of the founders of Fairmount College.

Nancy MartinBoard of Trustees' Award

Nancy Martin

Awarded for significant contributions to the partnership that exists between WSU and the community.


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President John Bardo, New Lifetime Achievement Members Dorothy and Bill Cohen, Elizabeth King
President John Bardo, New Lifetime Achievement Members Dorothy and Bill Cohen, Elizabeth King


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F a i r m o u n t   S o c i e t y   g i v i n g   l e v e l s

Lifetime Achievement Member: donations exceed $1 million
Lifetime Distinction Member: contributions between $500,000 and $999,999
Lifetime Member: has donated $250,000 to $499,999
Annual Member: minimum giving is $20,000 during the current fiscal year (July 1 - June 30)

Congratulations to those who have reached
the illustrious lifetime giving levels of the Fairmount Society.



2014 Fairmount Society New Members

2014 Fairmount Society

Honoring Our Loyal Donors

New members were welcomed into the Fairmount Society, the university's most distinguished support group, at a dinner Thursday, May 8, 2014, at the Wichita Marriott. 

Annual members gave a minimum of $20,000 during the fiscal year. Lifetime membership is extended to donors who have contributed $250,000 or more in a lifetime. Lifetime Distinction membership honors supporters donating $500,000 or more during their lifetimes. Lifetime Achievement Membership is extended to donors whose total outright giving is $1 million or more.

Congratulations to the following new members of the illustrious lifetime giving levels of the Fairmount Society.
Click on the headings to see new member bios.

New Lifetime Achievement

  • Bill and Dorothy Cohen
  • Flossie E. West Memorial Trust
  • Charles and Liz Koch
  • John A. See

New Lifetime Distinction

  • Jan and Jerry Aaron
  • Capitol Federal Foundation
  • Commerce Bank (Wichita)
  • R. Larry Beamer & Deborah G. Haynes
  • Ron and Barbara Mann

New Lifetime Members

  • Mary Nell and Mike Beatty
  • Beechcraft Corporation
  • David and Rynthia Mitchell
  • Gary and Karman Parker
  • Textron Charitable Trust

New Annual Members

  • Steve and Becky Austin
    - All Angles Auto Body LLC
  • Randall and Cathy Barron
  • Tony and Denise Bartel
  • Clay Blair
  • Michael and Linda Boyd
  • Gus and Mary Campuzano
  • Mike and Virgetta Coffey
    - Cox Media
  • Michael and Diane Dixon
  • Phillip Enegren and Linda Weir-Enegren
  • Jay and Kristen Ewy
    - Docuplex
  • Ed and Katy Field
  • Bud and Toni Gates
  • Aleta Gile
  • Corinne M. Glaves
  • James “Randy” Hardy
    - Hardy Aviation Insurance
  • James P. Harris and Patricia Wyatt-Harris
  • Larry and Treva Hickok
  • John S. Fretz Family Charitable Trust
  • Mark and Patricia Johnson
  • Richard and Christina Jordan
    - Kansas Coliseum LLC
  • Karen K. Swarts Trust
  • Chase and Annie Koch
  • Lewis H. Humphreys Charitable Trust
  • Kent A. Mauk
  • Phil and Cassandra McKee
  • Ihssane and Michelle Mounir
  • Cheong “Yeow” Ng
  • Mark and Stacy Parkinson
  • Roxie & Azad Joseph Foundation Trust
  • Alvin and Rosa Lee Sarachek
  • Roger and Jacqueline Scholfield
    - Scholfield Honda
  • Robert “Bob” Schrader
    - Robert D. Schrader Revocable Trust
  • Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
  • Siemens Product Lifecycle Management
    - Software Inc.
  • Randy and Alice Simon
  • Johnny and Margie Stevens
  • TGT Petroleum Corporation
  • Via Christi Rehabilitation Hospital
  • John and Anita Wadsworth
  • Rocky and Barbara Waitt
  • Dale and Alice Wiggins
  • Bob Young
  • Mike Young
  • Gene H. and Michelle K. Zaid


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Bill and Dorothy CohenBill and Dorothy Cohen

   Bill and Dorothy did not graduate from Wichita State, but they are passionate about its mission and its future. Through the years they have generously supported both academics and athletics, as well as facilities and special projects. They believe that a strong university is essential to a strong community.

    A native of Wichita, Bill graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science in economics. Former CEO of IMA (Insurance Management Association) Financial Group, he currently serves on its board of directors. IMA Financial Group, one of the largest privately held insurance agencies in the United States, is headquartered in Wichita and Denver.

    Dorothy was raised in Inman, Kan., and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business from Emporia State University. She has worked for the Wichita Chamber of Commerce, Private Jet Expeditions, Consolidated Holdings and held a consulting relationship with Koch Industries’ Government and Public Relations division for nearly 20 years.

    In addition to providing financial support, Bill supports the university through his involvement with the WSU Foundation. He is a member of the National Advisory Council, where he has served on various committees, and he is a past member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. He and Dorothy are members of the Society of 1895. In 2007, they were recognized with the Fairmount Founder’s Award.

    In 2006, the Cohens created the Bill and Dorothy Cohen Endowed Scholarship. One of their most recent gifts was a pledge to the Opera Guest Artist in Residence opportunity in the College of Fine Arts. Additionally, they have given to the Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization, men’s basketball, the Center for Entrepreneurship, the Marcus Welcome Center and KMUW 89.1.


Flossie E. WestASSOCIATE: The Flossie E. West Memorial Trust

   Since 1989, the Flossie E. West Memorial Trust has provided Wichita State University with more than $1 million in funding for cancer research. Most of that support has come in the past 15 years, as representatives of the trust grew more impressed with the caliber of research conducted at Wichita State.

    “We feel like WSU has a very good reputation and is using our contributions for the kind of work that might lead to a cure for cancer someday,” says Trustee David Bisagno.

    That is exactly what Lyman A. West intended when he established the Flossie E. West Memorial Trust, named in honor of his wife, who died of cancer in 1953. West said he wanted to provide funding for cancer research to be conducted by places such as hospitals, foundations and other organizations.

    WSU is part of this research initiative through the biomedical department, which provides reports annually to the trust detailing the work that is being conducted. It is those reports as well as personal contact with researchers that have helped to create the confidence the Flossie E. West Memorial Trust has in Wichita State.

    “We feel like we have found the right home for use of our funds,” Bisagno says.


Charles and Liz KochCharles and Liz Koch

   The contributions that Charles and Liz Koch have made to Wichita State University through the years serve to advance learning, foster entrepreneurship and rouse spirits. That last one, rousing spirits, happens regularly in Charles Koch Arena, the facility they helped make possible with a $6 million gift from Koch Industries. It remains the largest single corporate gift in WSU history.

    Charles, the 2004 recipient of the WSU President’s Medal Award, is chairman of the board and CEO of Koch Industries Inc., a position he has held since 1967. He received his bachelor’s degree in engineering and two master’s degrees from MIT and holds Honorary Doctor’s degrees from George Mason University, Babson College and Washburn University.

    Liz is president and a director of the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation, which has provided WSU scholarship support for more than three decades. She is a director of the Charles Koch Foundation and a trustee of the Koch Cultural Trust. Liz serves as chairman and co-founder of Youth Entrepreneurs Kansas and founder of Youth Entrepreneurs Georgia, programs that teach business and entrepreneurial skills and values to at-risk high school youth. In addition, she serves as president and a director of the Allen-Lambe House Charitable Foundation and a director of the Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation.

    Born and raised in Wichita, Charles and Liz have supported Wichita State for more than two decades. The Koch Global Trading Center in the W. Frank Barton School of Business recently was named in recognition of Koch Industries’ gift to the project and is slated to open this summer. The couple also supports athletics, including the Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization and men’s basketball. In addition, Koch Industries contributes to scholarships, internships and Cooperative Education positions in business, marketing and accounting. Because of their contributions to WSU and the community, Charles and Liz were the 2008 recipients of the WSU Alumni Association’s Recognition Award. 


John A. SeeJohn A. See

   When John decided he wanted to make a gift to Wichita State that would improve the lives of others, he did so in a big way. In 2013, John provided a $1 million gift to create the John A. See Product Development Award, a prize to be awarded to faculty and students conducting outstanding research or producing other significant work. John hopes that the recognition will spur great work at Wichita State and attract other supporters to invest in promising projects.

    Though not a WSU alumnus, John has followed the university’s progress and supported its students. In 2007, he created the John A. See Endowed Health and Emergency Fund, which helps students with emergency medical expenses not covered by insurance. In 2011, he established the John A. See Engineering Scholarship, which provides nine scholarships a year to juniors and seniors.

    John was director of flight test and prototype development at Boeing until he retired in 1985. Born in Nevada, he grew up in New York. He graduated from Clarkson College of Technology in Potsdam, N.Y. He was married for 60 years to Jane See, and has a daughter and a grandson. His son, John See Jr., died in 2012.


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Jan and Jerry AaronJan and Jerry Aaron

   Jan and Jerry take great pride in Wichita State, and their loyalty and commitment were recognized in 2009 when they were named recipients of the Fairmount Founders’ Award. They give generously of their time, money and spirit.

    Jerry has served on the WSU Foundation National Advisory Council since 1997 and participates on its investment committee. His strong ties include being a former member of the Barton School Advisory Board and serving on the Promise for the Future Campaign Cabinet. He also was a member of the WSU Alumni Association Board of Directors, serving as president in his last year. Both Jan and Jerry are life members of the WSU Alumni Association.

    Jerry earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in management in 1963 at the University of Wichita. He continued his education and received a law degree from Washburn University in Topeka.

    For nearly 40 years, Jerry worked in the food service industry, first as vice president and general counsel with Pizza Hut Inc., then as president of the Pizza Hut Franchisee Association and finally as senior vice president and counsel for Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon Inc. He retired in March 2008.

    Jerry is active as a board member with several community and religious nonprofit organizations. He is currently chairman of the board of directors of Via Christi Health.

    The Aarons contribute to WSU athletics, including baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and golf, Roundhouse Renaissance, Rockin’ the Roundhouse, Coach’s Club and the Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization.

    They also support the W. Frank Barton School of Business, the Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art and various other funds, scholarships and memorials. The Aarons took great pride in establishing the Jerry and Jan Aaron Endowed Scholarship in Business in 1996. They established a planned gift designated toward their scholarship to ensure its continuing benefit to Shockers. They are members of the WSU Foundation’s Society of 1895.

Capitol Federal Foundation logoASSOCIATE: Capitol Federal Foundation

   Since 2003, Capitol Federal Foundation has been awarding $45,000 annually to the W. Frank Barton School of Business for academic scholarships. It’s an investment that demonstrates the foundation’s confidence in the academic quality at Wichita State University. Capitol Federal’s top executives and trustees of the Capitol Federal Foundation visit Wichita State annually and meet with their scholarship recipients over a lunch that further nurtures the relationship with the university staff and its students.

    Capitol Federal Foundation is the independent charitable foundation of Capitol Federal. The foundation also supports the WSU Alumni Association. Capitol Federal was founded in 1893. An Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC, it is one of the largest residential lenders in Kansas and boasts more than $9 billion in assets. With 37 traditional branches and 10 in-store locations, the bank has a network that extends across the state of Kansas and into Missouri. It is headquartered in Topeka.

Commerce Bank LogoASSOCIATE: Commerce Bank (Wichita)

    Commerce Bank believes that support of higher education is an economic imperative for the community, the region and beyond.

    The bank has been a longtime advocate for Wichita State, contributing to scholarships, athletics and academic and cultural programs. Among its generous gifts have been those to the Advanced Education in General Dentistry building and the Marcus Welcome Center. Beyond these projects, the company continually supports KMUW 89.1, the Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization and several other areas, including the W. Frank Barton School of Business.

    Commerce Bank seeks to support priorities it believes will make the community a better place to live and work. That covers everything from capital projects to academic initiatives and funding for the arts and sports. Many of the bank’s gifts to Wichita State have been made jointly with the William T. Kemper Foundation, of which Commerce Bank serves as trustee.

    In the industry almost 150 years, Commerce Bank operates as a super-community bank offering an array of sophisticated financial products delivered with high-quality personal customer service. Commerce serves customers from 358 locations in Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Oklahoma and Colorado and commercial offices throughout the nation’s midsection. For the fifth year in a row, the bank in 2013 was ranked among the top 10 best banks in America by Forbes. Commerce believes in investing in its people, technology, product offerings and service channels to bring value and convenience to its customers.

R. Larry Beamer & Deborah G. HaynesDeborah G. Haynes and R. Larry Beamer

   Deborah and Larry have been demonstrating their passionate support of Wichita State for nearly 30 years, in a variety of ways. They provide financial assistance to the basketball program, to academics, to facilities and much more. But they also contribute their energy and spirit.

    Larry received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry from Emporia State University and his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He is a general surgeon in Wichita and a clinical associate professor in the Department of Surgery at the KU School of Medicine in Wichita.

    Deborah earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Wichita State in 1976, graduating cum laude. She was a Gore Scholar, president of the Student Government Association and a Senior Honor Woman. She received her medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine.Deborah is on the WSU Foundation Board of Directors and the National Advisory Council. She has served on various search committees and as a member of the College of Health Professions Advisory Board. She has been practicing family medicine in Wichita for 30 years and works for Via Christi Clinic. In 2012, the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians elected Deborah Kansas Family Physician of the Year.

    In 1987, Deborah established the Deborah G. Haynes Faculty Development Fund in the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to provide additional instructional and research related resources. Six years later, she and Larry created the Dr. Deborah G. Haynes & Dr. R. Larry Beamer Endowed Scholarship Fund.

    The couple was honored with the Fairmount Founders’ Award in 2011. They are members of the Society of 1895.

    Through the years Deborah and Larry have contributed to the Advanced Education in General Dentistry building, the Rhatigan Student Center renovation, the president’s home addition, the Baseball Indoor Practice Facility, the Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization, men’s basketball and the WSU Dance Team, among many other gifts.

Ron & Barbara MannRon and Barbara Mann

   Ron and Barbara both graduated from Wichita State University and used their educations to establish successful careers. They have given back generously to WSU by establishing two scholarships honoring Ron’s parents, and contributing in numerous other ways.

    Ron earned his bachelor’s degree in aviation management in 1981. Until July 2008, he was president and CEO of Airtechnics Inc., which was founded by his father, Claude Mann. With her Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing, earned in 1985, Barbara worked as director of IT for Airtechnics for 10 years before opening her own retail clothing shop in Wichita in 2010.

    Ron and Barbara established the Claude E. Mann Scholarship in Business in 2000 and the Elaine O. Mann Scholarship in Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2005. Elaine Mann proved that you’re never too old to learn when she graduated from WSU in 2004 at age 80.

    Ron and Barbara also established the Karen Countryman-Roswurm Endowed Fellowship in Social Work. Their contributions help support men’s basketball, the Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization, Barton Business Week, the W. Frank Barton School of Business through the Annual Fund for Excellence, Roundhouse Renaissance and the WSU Alumni Association. Their dedication to Wichita State has also inspired a planned gift.

    Ron serves on the WSU Foundation’s National Advisory Council. He also is a member of the Barton School Advisory Board.


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Mary Nell and Mike BeattyMary Nell & Mike Beatty

   The Beattys have given generously to Wichita State in support of the Mike and Mary Nell Beatty Endowed Fellowship in Accounting, which they established as a way to give back to their alma mater in return for the opportunities they received while students.

    Mike received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and earned a Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting from the University of Wichita in 1963. While going to school on nights and weekends, he worked as a systems analyst and computer programmer for Boeing. It was largely through a Boeing program that he was able to achieve his MBA. After graduating from WU, Mike went to work for Kennedy and Coe, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants, in Salina. He retired in 1995 as the Managing Partner and CEO after 32 years with the firm.

    Mary Nell also attended KU, then got her bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of Wichita in 1962. In addition to supporting their fellowship, the Beattys have contributed to the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and to the Professor Fran Jabara Endowed Scholarship in Entrepreneurship.

    Both Mike and Mary Nell were born in Salina, though Mike grew up in Wichita. They were married in 1960 and have three children and four grandchildren.

    Mike has been active in the Salina community, serving on the boards of the Stiefel Theatre for Performing Arts, the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Rotary Club, St. Francis Academy, St. John’s Hospital, the Central Kansas Council of Girl Scouts and St. John’s Military School. Mary Nell has been a member of the Salina Arts and Humanities Commission and the Smoky Hill Museum. Both are also active in their church.


David & Rynthia MitchellDavid & Rynthia Mitchell

   David and Rynthia have supported Wichita State in a variety of ways for the past 24 years. As donors, they have generously supported the Center for Entrepreneurship and its Shocker Business Plan, which David helped establish and which he also helps judge. They created the Lena T. Mitchell Progressive Cello Scholarship, named in honor of David’s mother, and they are strong champions of Shocker athletics and the WSU Alumni Association.

    David served on the WSU Foundation National Advisory Council for five years and also remains involved with the W. Frank Barton School of Business, where he taught for eight years as an adjunct professor in the 1970s and ’80s.

    David earned his bachelor’s and master’s in accountancy from Wichita State in 1970 and 1972, respectively. Named Outstanding Senior as an undergraduate, he was the recipient of the Frank A. Neff Memorial Award. After graduation, David co-founded the accounting firm now known as Mitchell & Richards CPAs and since that time has started many businesses ranging from manufacturing to hotels.

    Rynthia, originally from Hill City, Kan., worked as a nurse for 25 years in the coronary intensive care unit at St. Francis Hospital (now Via Christi). Retired since 2005, she enjoys traveling with her husband.

    David and Rynthia have two sons, Grant and Parker. Parker graduated from WSU in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship. Grant is graduating this spring from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Wharton School, receiving his MD and MBA degrees.


Gary & Karman ParkerGary & Karman Parker

   After earning his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wichita State in 1971, Gary founded a number of successful businesses, including Center Oil Company. Since its founding, Center Oil has grown to more than $4 billion in revenue. Gary began his career with Koch Industries in 1971 and subsequently moved to St. Louis in 1976 to join Apex Oil as its executive vice president and the company’s chief trader. Gary founded Center Oil in 1986.

    Gary and Karman donated generously over the past decade to WSU athletics as well as to the Center for Entrepreneurship’s Business Plan Competition and Barton Business Week.

    Gary passed away earlier this year. He and Karman were married for 42 years. They have six children and 16 grandchildren. Karman, who lives in St. Louis, contributes to a variety of charitable causes in her community.


Beechcraft CorpASSOCIATE: Beechcraft Corp.

    The company founded by Walter Beech in 1932 continues to build world-famous aircraft 82 years later, including the King Air turboprops, the piston-engine Baron and Bonanza and the T-6 trainer and AT-6 light attack military aircraft. Beechcraft has built more than 54,000 aircraft through the years, with 36,000 still flying today.

    In March of this year, Textron Inc. acquired Beechcraft, making it a part of the Textron family. As part of the move, Textron brought together the Cessna and Beechcraft businesses to form a new segment called Textron Aviation, with the headquarters remaining in Wichita.

    Beechcraft has supported Wichita State’s College of Engineering and athletics through the Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization. In 2013, it provided an in-kind gift of lab equipment worth more than $400,000 to the National Institute for Aviation Research.


Textron Charitable TrustASSOCIATE: Textron Charitable Trust 

   The parent company of Cessna Aircraft and Beechcraft, Textron is a $12.2 billion company whose global network of businesses also includes Bell Helicopter, Greenlee, Jacobsen, Kautex, Textron Financial and Textron Systems, among others. These companies make aircraft, defense and industrial products. Textron is based in Providence, R.I., and has more than 33,000 employees in 25 countries.

    Textron Charitable Trust provides philanthropic support in key areas that include all levels of education, from early childhood to higher education. It also promotes innovative job training programs for people of all ages and backgrounds.As a proud partner of Wichita State, the Textron Charitable Trust supports engineering priorities and major facility efforts at the university.


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